As a dietitian I see many people who have damaged relationships with food and impaired self worth. Globally, many women (and men) feel dissatisfied with their bodies and as a result are overly restrictive and obsessive about what they eat, what they do and how they behave. This International Women’s Day I am hosting a screening of Embrace in Liverpool to spread some much-needed inspirational body image messages.
The media tells us that to be happy, we need the ‘perfect’ body. But that ‘perfection’ we see in the media is physically unattainable for almost all of us. Not even the models on the magazine covers look like that in real life!
We only have one body and one life, and I strongly believe that we should be living life to the full. Enjoying every minute, not hating ourselves or feeling inadequate. Life is not meant to be rigid, bound by so many rules and restrictions.
When Taryn Brumfitt posted a controversial before and after shot on Facebook she had no idea that it would go viral, or lead to thousands of women asking her advice on how to feel happier within their own skin. After discovering just how many women felt inadequate, she began the Body Image Movement and used Kickstarter funding to direct the Embrace documentary.
Not your every-day documentary, Embrace is an engaging, entertaining, relatable and life-changing film.
Embrace is told from Taryn’s point of view as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. She interviews Ricki Lake, Amanda de Cadenet, Jeffrey Madoff, Dr Linda Bacon, Mia Freedman and more.
A few weeks ago I met Taryn at an Embrace screening in Manchester. I felt so moved by the film and wanted to watch it for a second time so much that I decided to put my hand up to host a screening in Liverpool on International Women’s Day to help spread the word.
Embrace is a film I would encourage all men and women to watch. Watch the trailer below to gain a glimpse into this inspiring and encouraging film.